The last holiday cottage on Bialystok's former Sloboda (Nowe Miasto) has
been taken down in year 2005. It was built in the end of the twenties at
Horodnianska Street #4. There were four flats on the ground floor, each one
with a porch, and in the attic - two flats with balconies. It's owner,
Aleksander Zalewski, has built it thinking about holiday-makers of Mosaic
faith. There were a lot of trees around, with pines being the dominant.
Jews came with their whole families, some even with their servants. Usually
it were young women of roman-catholic or orthodox faith. Sometimes, on
Sunday, lancers came for courtship from the nearby 10th Lancer Regiment.
Supposedly, during that time the busses ran from Bialystok to Zwierzyniec.
Season began on the first days of August and ended in September, on the
last day of summer. Holidaymakers usually spent whole days in hammocks of
thick canvas. Mr. Aleksander frowned upon that. He thought that it damages
the trees. Sometimes, the local boys sneaked under the hammock and quickly
cut the lines that held it, and ran away. Jadwiga Sosnowska, the daughter
of the owner, could watch the wedding take place. She recalled that the
soon-to-be-married couple stood under the canopy. Thanks to the preserved
registration book of the house on Horodnianska Street #4 we can read some
of the names of the jewish families that rested there:
Doktorowicz Berta, Lejb and Rysia
Drejer Masza, Gitla and Izak with servant - Wróbel Felicja
Ojcha Krejna, Chaim, Izyfraze with servant - Dorożka Anna
Atłasowicz Mojżesz,Izyfra with servant - Sołowionowicz Anna
Korczewska Sara, Fryda and Jochwed
Flikier Rywka, Hirsz, Fiszeli Kejla
Rotenberg Mojżesz and Sonia
Grochowska Zofja, Gitel,Ewi with servant - Staronowicz Klementyna
For a few years the jewish holidaymakers came, then, the permament inhabitants remained, including: Jędryczak Lucyna - nurse, Jedryczak Feliks - insurance official, Bućko Stanisław - carpenter, Niewiński Edmund - telephone monter, Zalewski Wincenty - brick burner. In the registration book there are also two entries in Russian lenguage, from the year 1939.